American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A stanza or poem of four lines.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stanza of four lines riming alternately.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Pros.) A stanza of four lines rhyming alternately.
- n. a stanza of four lines
- French, from Old French, from quatre, four, from Latin quattuor; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It starts promisingly enough, with the gypsy Maleva's famous quatrain from the original: "Even a man who is pure in heart/And says his prayers by night/May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms/And the autumn moon is bright.”
“The meaning of that quatrain is clearer than the first lines of the poem: “The bottoms of autumn/Wear diamonds of frost.””
“Some anthologies – not many – include the early sonnet to his brothers, whose hushed first quatrain is a paragon of detail-work and scene-setting:”
“This quatrain is fresh and memorable partly because inverts the traditional image: The wise men who once brought gifts to the Christ Child are themselves “borne as gifts.””
“I was inclined to follow the more familiar term quatrain straight ahead until I caught the "sextrain" but no such luck.”
“The word quatrain comes from Latin and it means four.”
“If we are to have a mere arbitrary arrangement of the sonnet, why not the same in a poem of regular or inverted quatrains, or of the Persian quatrain, which is now always given in this form: --”
“In the third stanza, I consider the middle quatrain, that is, the four lines beginning “Out of this world,” perfectly grand.”
“Ionic a minore is itself, I need not say, the metre of a single Ode in the Third Book, the "Miserarum est," and I have devised a stanza for it, taking much more pains with the apportionment of the ictus than in the case of the trochaic quatrain, which is better able to modulate itself.”
“To be certain the quatrain was his, Nostradamus wants to induce his memory, and asks your help in preparing a medicine.”
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